Wednesday, October 26, 2016

USDA Begins Onion Survey

From the USDA:

A survey of onion growers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will take place during November.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct its biannual Onion Grower Inquiry and more than 100  New York onion growers will be involved.

The survey will collect information on acreage, production, and value of the 2016 summer dray onion crop. The statistics service will compile, analyze and publish the survey results in the Annual Vegetable Report, to be released in January.

“Participating in this survey is a convenient and effective way for farmers to analyze and compare the different practices of production, acreage and values within their own communities, as well as at the national level," said King Whetstone, statistics service Northeastern regional director.

"Data from the survey will benefit farmers, processors, and agribusinesses, by providing timely and accurate information to help them make crucial business decisions for the next growing and marketing season. Furthermore, policymakers use these statistical
reports to update their understanding and to make decisions, I encourage farmers to take advantage of this opportunity to help by providing accurate data,” he said.

The November Onion Grower Inquiry will be available online for sampled respondents starting Nov. 1.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.

For more information on statistics service surveys and reports, call the National Agricultural Statistics Service Northeastern Regional Field Office at (800) 498-1518.

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